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    Default Yet another victory for radio mediocrity

    Now....I know that Adam Carolla and Tom Leykis have their share of detractors at this site, but even some of you have to agree, this is just yet another spoonful of stupid being fed to the masses. The station in question was fun, thought-provoking, and got a LOT of us west-coasters thru our morning drive, workday, and our drive home.

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    Good news for local fans of Rihanna , bad news for older talk radio listeners in Los Angeles.

    Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., boosters of urban-skewing artists such as Beyoncé, Pink and Britney Spears will have another top 40/"CHR" (contemporary hit radio) station to sing along to in their cars, as L.A.'s only "all-talk" commercial FM station now appears to be all talked out.

    KLSX (97.1 Free FM) will switch formats Feb. 20 to CBS Radio's latest concept, titled AMP Radio (not to be confused with the now-defunct Amp'd Mobile, a company that heavily pushed mobile radio to cellphone users in 2006 but filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007).

    A CBS Radio news release says the new station (its tagline is "all the hits" ) will "combine the power of its on-air position with myriad online and digital applications creating a full 360 degree audio and visual experience."

    Translation? Listeners of KLSX were probably too old.

    AMP Radio originally bowed early last year as an online/HD2 station affiliated with KCBS-FM in L.A. Apparently, the test run was successful enough to convince CBS radio executives that young, texting-and-Twittering teens -- the ones who spend money at malls while listening to music via their cellphones -- just can't get enough of artists such as Kanye West and T.I. This is despite the fact that there is plenty of competition in the space -- see KPWR (105.9), KIIS (102.7) and KDAY (93.5) -- all of which mine similar musical territory in the same market.

    "Creating a successful radio station not only means focusing on what you hear over the air -- it's that, yet it's so much more and as evidenced by what we're announcing today, the possibilities are endless," said Kevin Weatherly, senior vice president of programming for CBS Radio, in a news release announcing the format change today.

    On-air talent at the new AMP Radio is expected to be announced in coming weeks. "They will be added after the station launches," said Karen Mateo, vice president of communications at CBS Radio in New York.

    During the last three months of 2008, KLSX averaged a 1.3% audience share among listeners 12 and older, which placed the station at No. 27 in the market. In fact, KLSX never truly recovered in the ratings after losing its major morning lead-in, Howard Stern, to satellite radio. When Stern was still on the air in late 2005 at 97.1, the station enjoyed a 2.2 share.

    Despite the less-than-stellar ratings, KLSX still enjoyed a rabid fan base for several of its marquee shows, including Adam Carolla's morning show, "The Adam Carolla Show With Teresa Strasser," which replaced Stern, and Tom Leykis' widely syndicated afternoon program "The Tom Leykis Show." Both Carolla's and Leykis' shows proved popular with 25-to-54-year-old men (with Leykis' afternoon drive time exploration of all things from the male perspective, in particular, a notable hit nationwide).

    Beginning next week, new episodes of Carolla's show will no longer broadcast in any market, although it is believed that "best of" shows may air in some territories. It is not yet known what will happen to Leykis' show in syndication. Leykis told the Orange County Register earlier this month that he "should have something to announce shortly" regarding the syndication of his shows.

    But none of KLSX's success stories ("The Frosty, Heidi and Frank Show" also enjoyed decent midday ratings) were enough to stave off the format change. CBS Radio clearly sees an advertising opening with the AMP format, and KIIS-FM's continued success with a similar music strategy (think Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo) may have forced CBS Radio's hand in an increasingly dire economy.

    KLSX rolled out its all-talk format in 1995; before that, it aired classic rock.

    A full story is forthcoming in The Times about the switchover.

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    What's "radio"?







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    Satellite radio is the way to go.

    There are plenty of internet radio stations and podcasts to choose from as well.

    FM/AM DESERVES a quick, but PAINFUL death and I look forward to many corporate stations going under as the economy worsens.

    I just hope that Sirius/XM can survive what has to be a very ugly balance sheet.

    Having said that, I think its bullshit that the Sirium/XM merger was allowed to happen, as they have a monopoly (despite their argument that their 'competition' is commercial radio).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wham bam will rock View Post
    Satellite radio is the way to go.

    There are plenty of internet radio stations and podcasts to choose from as well.

    FM/AM DESERVES a quick, but PAINFUL death and I look forward to many corporate stations going under as the economy worsens.

    I just hope that Sirius/XM can survive what has to be a very ugly balance sheet.

    Having said that, I think its bullshit that the Sirium/XM merger was allowed to happen, as they have a monopoly (despite their argument that their 'competition' is commercial radio).

    I think their merger is fine, and it was essential to survival. The output is great. There is something for everyone. I couldn't be happier, really.

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    Ray-dee-O? Haven't listened to it in years. I barely watch TV anymore.
    A little news, but everything else is webcasts or DVDs. Maybe this is one for
    the 'Crotchety' thread, but in my day we had to plan a time to watch our
    programs and endure or flip through all the commercials. Not so anymore.
    Ah to be commercial free (virtually).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wham bam will rock View Post
    Satellite radio is the way to go.

    There are plenty of internet radio stations and podcasts to choose from as well.

    FM/AM DESERVES a quick, but PAINFUL death and I look forward to many corporate stations going under as the economy worsens.

    I just hope that Sirius/XM can survive what has to be a very ugly balance sheet.

    Having said that, I think its bullshit that the Sirium/XM merger was allowed to happen, as they have a monopoly (despite their argument that their 'competition' is commercial radio).
    Agreed. I enjoy my Sirius radio a lot. Lots of ESPN radio and Foxnews. Music is mainly Octane, Liquid Metal, and Elvis.

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    Well, at least I can still look forward to hearing the Greaseman every weekday afternoon on Rock 105...for now.
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    satellite radio is nearly bankrupt....just got a big cash infusion from an investor tho, so who knows, they may survive


    I think we all have to just get used to the fact that while baby boomers are aging and have huge buying power, advertisers think all we buy is viagra and osteo-bi-flex

    I swear, when you hit 40 (especially when you are a woman) you just kind of disappear.............me, I just think of invisibility as one of my many super powers

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    People still listen to terrestrial radio? Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    People still listen to terrestrial radio? Why?

    I primarily use mine for those times when I forget to bring my iPod with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    satellite radio is nearly bankrupt....just got a big cash infusion from an investor tho, so who knows, they may survive


    I think we all have to just get used to the fact that while baby boomers are aging and have huge buying power, advertisers think all we buy is viagra and osteo-bi-flex

    I swear, when you hit 40 (especially when you are a woman) you just kind of disappear.............me, I just think of invisibility as one of my many super powers
    my father has spoken out about this very thing. It's true, once you hit a certain age, you're a forgotten demographic. He often talks about how as far as most people are concerned, people over 50 don't listen or buy music, they don't go to concerts, they don't go to movies, they don't use electronics, nothing...it's like they're in a holding pen awaiting their spot in the old folks home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    my father has spoken out about this very thing. It's true, once you hit a certain age, you're a forgotten demographic. He often talks about how as far as most people are concerned, people over 50 don't listen or buy music, they don't go to concerts, they don't go to movies, they don't use electronics, nothing...it's like they're in a holding pen awaiting their spot in the old folks home.
    Yep, even the "classic" rock stations, particularly "The Hog" out of Daytona, seem to be catering to the lower end of their age demographic as they are slowly letting newer and newer music filter into the playlist.

    But I will say that I was definitely on the lower end of the age scale at the Eagles concert I went to last month. More folks with canes and wheelchairs than I have ever seen at a concert before.
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